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Eurobarometer 63.1 (Jan-Feb 2005)

Resource Type
  • Europäische Kommission
Other Title
  • Science and Technology, Social Values, and Services of General Interest (Subtitle)
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels; DG Communication Public Opinion Analysis Sector (Researcher)
  • Österreichisches GALLUP, Vienna, Austria TNS Dimarso, Bruxelles, Belgium TNS Gallup DK, Copenhagen, Denmark TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France TNS GALLUP OY, Espoo, Finland TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece TNS UK, London, United K (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Patterns of Consumption
    • Society, Culture
    • University, Research, the Sciences
    • Technology, Energy
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on their opinions regarding science and technology, social values, and services of general interest. Topics: Questions concerning the first topic focused on the respondents´ attitudes toward science and technology issues including what areas they were most interested, how informed respondents were in general, and recent visits to a museum of science and technology or another type of public museum. Other questions measured respondents´ level of trust in science, their views on the role science and technology should have in improving the economy, the potential benefits or harmful effects of science, and the role the European Community plays in scientific research. Another topic covered was social values in relation to science and technology. Respondents were asked how often they thought about the meaning and purpose of life, about their spiritual beliefs, what kind of family they grew up in, how often they trusted other people, how satisfied they were with their lives, whether a university education is more important for a man than for a woman, and whether men make better political leaders than women. The surveys also solicited respondents´ opinions with respect to developing technologies (including solar energy, biotechnology, genetic engineering, the Internet, nanotechnology), and possible applications of science and technology over the next 20 years (such as cloning monkeys or pigs for use in research into human diseases or cloning human beings so that couples can have a baby even when one partner has a genetic disease). Respondents were queried on their opinions about humanity´s relationship to nature, what decisions about science and technology should be based primarily on, how important they thought science and technology would be for their society in ten years´ time, and if what those who are involved in science and technology do has a positive effect on society. Finally, the topic of services of general interest (such as electricity, natural gas, fixed telephone, mobile phone, postal services, local transport, rail transport, and air transport) included questions regarding satisfaction with the provision of services, accessibility, fairness in pricing, quality of service, and customer service. Demography: Age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, household composition, telephone equipment, religion, and region.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2005-01-14 / 2005-02-09
  • 2005-01-11 / 2005-02-05
  • 2005-01-10 / 2005-01-26
  • 2005-01-14 / 2005-02-03
  • 2005-01-19 / 2005-02-09
  • 2005-01-10 / 2005-02-02
  • 2005-01-11 / 2005-02-06
  • 2005-01-11 / 2005-02-13
    Ireland (Republic)
  • 2005-01-10 / 2005-02-13
    United Kingdom
  • 2005-01-13 / 2005-02-07
  • 2005-01-12 / 2005-02-08
  • 2005-01-10 / 2005-02-05
  • 2005-01-11 / 2005-02-09
  • 2005-01-13 / 2005-02-07
  • 2005-01-19 / 2005-02-10
  • 2005-01-14 / 2005-02-09
    Cyprus (Republic)
  • 2005-01-14 / 2005-01-31
    Czech Republic
  • 2005-01-03 / 2005-01-31
  • 2005-01-16 / 2005-01-31
  • 2005-01-14 / 2005-02-09
  • 2005-01-27 / 2005-02-08
  • 2005-01-12 / 2005-02-04
  • 2005-01-15 / 2005-02-08
  • 2005-01-17 / 2005-02-01
  • 2005-01-13 / 2005-02-09
  • 2005-01-10 / 2005-02-01
  • 2005-01-08 / 2005-01-29
  • 2005-01-15 / 2005-02-17
  • 2005-01-17 / 2005-02-06
  • 2005-01-10 / 2005-02-08
  • 2005-01-12 / 2005-02-12
  • 2005-01-03 / 2005-02-15
Geographic Coverage
  • France (FR)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • Iceland (IS)
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Norway (NO)
Sampled Universe
All respondents were residents in the respective country and aged 15 and over.
A multi-stage, random (probability) sampling design was used for this Eurobarometer. In the first stage, primary sampling units (PSU) were selected from each of the administrative regionals units in every country (Statistical Office of the European Community, EUROSTAT NUTS 2 or equivalent). PSU selection was systematic with probability proportional to population size, from sampling frames stratified by the degree of urbanization. In the next stage, a cluster of starting addresses was selected from each sampled PSU, at random. Further addresses were chosen systematically using standard random route procedures as every Nth address from th initial address. In each household, a respondent was drawn, at random, following the closest birthday rule. No more than one interview was conducted in each household. They were supposed to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire. Separate samples were drawn for Northern Ireland and East Germany.
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interviews with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 31390
    Number of Variables: 790
The regular sample size (in the sense of completed interviews) is 1000 respondents per country, except the United Kingdom with separate samples for Great Britain (1000) and Northern Ireland (300), Germany with separate samples for the Eastern (500) and the Western part (1000), and Luxembourg, Cyprus (Republic), Malta, and Iceland with 500 interviews each. Effective number of realised interviews in this round: France 1021, Belgium 1024, Netherlands 1005, Germany-West 1003, Germany-East 504, Italy 1006, Luxembourg 518, Denmark 1013, Ireland 1008, Great Britain 1002, Northern Ireland 305, Greece 1000, Spain 1036, Portugal 1009, Finland 1007, Sweden 1023, Austria 1034, Cyprus (Republic) 504, Czech Republic 1037, Estonia 1000, Hungary 1000, Latvia 1034, Lithuania 1003, Malta 500, Poland 999, Slovakia 1241, Slovenia 1060, Bulgaria 1008, Romania 1005, Turkey 1005, Croatia 1000, Iceland 500, Switzerland 1000, and Norway 976. The special topical module A on ´Science and Technology´ replicates several questions from surveys 55.2, 38.1, 31 and 10A. They may have been modified or strongly modified over time. See also special Eurobarometer trend file release: "Public Understanding of Science in Europe 1989-2005" (ZA4669). The special topical module C on ´Services of General Interest´ was only interviewed in the ten new member countries as of 2004.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4233 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • doi:10.3886/ICPSR04563.v2 (Type: DOI)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.4233
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 224 / Wave 63.1. Europeans, Science and Technology. Survey requested by Directorate General Research and coordinated by the Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels: June 2005.
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 225 / Wave 63.1. Social Values, Science and Technology. Survey requested by Directorate General Research and coordinated by the Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels: June 2005.
  • TNS Opinion & Social: Special Eurobarometer 226 / Wave 63.1. Price and Quality of Services of General Interest. Survey requested by Directorate General MARKT and coordinated by the Directorate General Press and Communication (European Commission). Brussels: September 2005.

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 80 | Registration Date: 2012-05-16

Europäische Kommission (2012): Eurobarometer 63.1 (Jan-Feb 2005). Science and Technology, Social Values, and Services of General Interest. Version: 1.1.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.